Origin of russet
Examples from the Web for russet
The forests were in russet and yellow, for the leaves had not fallen.Following the Flag|Charles Carleton Coffin
He stood six feet in his russet boots, with a frame that seemed as sinewy, as herculean.The Bandolero|Mayne Reid
I recall little else but a grave eating of russet apples by the erect philosophers, and a solemn disappearance into night.Literary and Social Essays|George William Curtis
“Nay, but my garb scarce befits the raree show,” said Ridley, looking at his russet gown.Grisly Grisell|Charlotte M. Yonge
The country has now exchanged its refreshing varieties of greens for the hues of saffron, russet, and dark brown.
British Dictionary definitions for russet
- a rough homespun fabric, reddish-brown in colour, formerly in use for clothing
- (as modifier)a russet coat
Word Origin for russet
Word Origin and History for russet
mid-13c., "cloth of reddish-brown color," also (early 15c.) the color of this, from Old French rousset, from rosset (adj.) "reddish," diminutive of ros, rous "red," from Latin russus, which is related to ruber "red," from PIE *reudh- "red" (see red (adj.1)). As an adjective from late 14c. The word was applied to a type of apples first in 1620s, to a type of pears 1725.